Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Education is a federal function so there might be differences from each state but generalization is possible. At the age of 3-6,children may attend kindergarten. After that they have to compulsorily attend school for 9-10 years. The (Grundschule) or elementary school comprised of 1st to 4th grade where all subjects taught are equal. After 4th grade they are separated according to their academic ability and wishes of their families. They are to choose from, Hauptschule(the least academic), Realschule(leads to higher vocational school), Gymnasium(leads to a degree) and Gesamtschule (comprehensive school, which not all states have this).
One more thing that made the German school system,including universities meritorious is it's available for FREE. Yes, it's available to all children, including those children of bonafide expatriates.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
- Using reusable bags in shopping.
- Buying products with deposits ( or they call it pfand here) so disposal/recycling of the product would be easy.
- If there are school celebration here, the schoolers are asked to bring their own dishes and utensils instead of using disposable so as to minimize waste.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
"Planet Earth is a multi award-winning 2006 television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Four years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and also the first to be filmed in high definition. The series was co-produced by the Discovery Channel and NHK in association with CBC, and was described by its makers as "the definitive look at the diversity of our planet".
Planet Earth was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One in March 2006, and premiered one year later in the USA on the Discovery Channel. By June 2007, it had been shown in 130 countries worldwide. The original BBC version was narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Alastair Fothergill. For Discovery, the executive producer was Maureen Lemire, with Sigourney Weaver's voiceover replacing Attenborough.
The series comprises eleven episodes, each of which features a global overview of a differenthabitat on Earth. At the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series."